US Army War College

Cooperation, Competition, and Compartmentalization:
Russian-Turkish Relations and Their Implications for the West

Robert E. Hamilton, 2021, the Foreign Policy Research Institute
The relationship between the Russian Federation and Republic of Turkey is one of the most important bilateral relationships in Eurasia today. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) original adversary and one of its earliest members have in recent times veered sharply between cooperation—often against NATO’s interests—and competition so intense that it seemed war between them was possible. Politically, their leaders and their systems of government share a basic compatibility predicated on authoritarianism and resistance to …